Moving from a VMware server 2.0 to Hyper-V or ESXi
Posted on 2009-04-07
Right now I have a enviroment that consist of 1 server running VMWare Server 2.0. On this box are a DC, File Server, Print Server, and 2 XP Pro virtualized machines.
The server specs are as followed:
2 Intel(R) Xeon (R) E5410 Processors
8 gigs of Ram
4 HD totalling 1.5 TB in Raid 1
I have been looking into Hyper-V, and ESXi to replace the host os which is currently running Server 2008.
The VMWare Server is currently operating in a live eniviroment, and I am looking for to transfer to one of these hypervisors.
I would like to keep the enviroment as simple as possible, which leads me to the Hyper-V. Alot of our techs are not filmilar with Linux based commands or structure.
A couple of things i am lookign for are
1. Which hypervisor based on experenence would be recommended? ( Hyper-V or ESXi )
2.Best method of moving to the new platform? i.e moving the Vm's to another host, then installing the hypervisor on the current server, etc
3. Which provides the best backup methods without the need of additional hardware.
4 Which provides the best Web interface or administration console?
We were rushed when we setup the VMWare Server, and though it has not giving us any problems, we would like something more enterprise level without the additional cost. We would like to make sure we are taking the correct paths.